Cameroon qualifies for Brazil 2014 in emphatic style


Cam vs Tun

Cam vs Tun

Cameroon has qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil following a sound 4:1 victory over Tunisia this afternoon at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Achile Webo was on the score sheet as early as the 3rd minute of the game and Benjamin Moukandjo followed suit with a second at the 28th minute, putting the over 35 000 fans at the stadium in ecstatic euphoria, but this was to be short lived as Ahmed Akaichi's strike after the break gave the Tunisians a lifeline and left some worried faces on the Cameroonian bench, until Jean II Mankoun’s second with 4 minutes to go finally sealed the spot.

 Cameroon started the game on high tempo, and it took only 3 minutes for Achile Webo to redeem himself after that dreadful miss in Tunis and settled, at least for some time to come the question of his regular call ups to the national team despite his poor performances. He pounced on the ball after some hesitant defending by the Tunisians to race into the near post to send the ball across Ben Cherifia off the post for the cutting raiser.

Benjamin Moukandjo made matters worse for the visitors. After several incursions from the right flange, he opted for a solo effort at the 28th minute, beating of three challenges to square the ball pass the keeper for the second goal.

The Tunisians were soon back with a chance to grabbed the coveted spot for Brazil, Ruud Krol threw caution to the wind and replaced captain Yassine Chikhaoui and Amine Chermiti, and brought in Ahmed Akaichi who with only six minute after the break found himself behind Aurelien Chedjou from just outside the area, and his half-volley was too much for Charles Itandje to stop.

The Tunisians then when on the ascendency knowing fully well that a goal would automatically grant them a place in Brazil. Volke Finke meanwhile had other ideas up his sleeve. The shrewd German decided to shuffle his attacking options rather than sit and protect the slim goal lead, as he brought in Choupo Moting and landry Ngemou for Webo and Moukandjo.

This soon paid dividend, as Moting constant pressing on the Tunisian back line gave Cameroon a corner at the 64th minute. Jean II Mankoun was left totally unmarked as the diminutive midfielder rose high to meet Assou Ekotto’s cross to beat the keeper. The Rennes midfielder was still on hand to pounce on a rebound of the post after an excellent strike by Moting, to get his brace of the day and completely put the game beyond the visitors.

The Lions victory assured, Cameroon’s record participation at the global event, missing out only in the 1986 and 2006 torunaments since they first make it in 1982.The Lions join Nigeria and Ivory coast that already qualified on Saturday, while the remaining two places in Africa would be decided on Tuesday when Ghana travels to Cairo to defend a 6-1 victory in the away leg, while Algeria are in with a chance for Brazil if they can reverse 3-2 defeat against Burkina Faso.

Cameroon becomes the 24th nation to book a place in Brazil, with 8 more places still to be decided next Tuesday across Europe (4 places), Africa (2 places) and the two intercontinental playoffs between Mexico and New Zealand and Uraguay and Jordan.

The qualified team so far are;

Africa (3 teams) – Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria

Asia ( 4 teams) – Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic

Europe (9 teams) – Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland.

North America (3 teams) – Costa Rica, Honduras, USA

South America (5 teams) -Brazil (host Nation) Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Columbia)

By Abongwa Fozo

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